Today’s the last day of 2011 and all week long I’ve been looking back at my TV viewing for the year and writing my thoughts on every single episode I watched. To start things off we covered my Second Tier series aka my five “second favorite” shows of the year, then looked at Other Shows I watched, followed by all the various episodes I sampled in Bits & Pieces. To end 2011 I present to you my top five series of the year. Each of these series fully deserves the crown of “best show of the year”. Some might consider a five way tie a cop out, but I consider it a great year of television.
This a review of the first six episodes of Parks & Recreation’s third season, written right after the premiere of “Indianapolis”. It covers all the episodes leading up to “Harvest Festival”.
When Parks and Recreation first aired in 2009 it was little more than a clone of The Office. It used the same mockumentary filming style and contained many of the same characteristics to the series. But just as in season two of The Office when the American version broke away from the British counterpart its based on, so did Parks And Recreation in season two brake away from The Office. In what seems like no time the show went from the weak link in NBC’s comedy lineup to easily the highlight. Season three, which began late in January, has continued this trend with being one of the most reliably funny show of the night. While Community overshadows it in ambition, The Office in ratings, or 30 Rock in awards, it remains the most consistently comical series on NBC (I’m not even going to mention Perfect Couples or, worse, Outsourced). No matter what episode, the series remains hysterical and fully entertaining.